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Fire ban lifted for Sea to Sky corridor, including Whistler

Open burning will once again be allowed throughout the Coastal Fire Centre's jurisdiction

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Recent rainfall and cooler temperatures have reduced wildfire risks in the region, which has resulted in the lifting of the summer-long fire ban

All open fires will be permitted, along with the use of tiki torches, burn barrels, fireworks, sky lanterns and binary exploding targets. People undertaking any open burning should use caution and be aware of local conditions that might impact their ability to burn safely and control their open fires.

Local governments may still have their own burning restrictions in place, so people should always check with local authorities before lighting any fire of any size.

Anyone lighting a larger Category 3 fire must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 888 797-1717. A Category 3 fire is a fire that burns material more than two metres high or three metres wide, or stubble or grass over more than 2,000 square metres, or more than two piles of any size. A poster explaining the different categories of open fires is available online: http://ow.ly/jdO5301kS32

Open fires must comply with B.C.'s air-quality control legislation. The BC Wildfire Service urges people to take the following precautions with any allowed outdoor burning:

* Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and stop it escaping.

* Do not burn in windy conditions. The weather can change quickly and wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.

* Create a fire guard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material right down to the soil.

* Never leave a fire unattended.

* Make sure that your fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area for any length of time.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST or visit: www.bcwildfire.ca.

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